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Executive Officers

Rebecca Turner, MS Chief Executive Officer (she/her)


Prior to joining The Collective for Hope team in May 2013, Rebecca provided economic development leadership in multiple rural Iowa and Nebraska communities. Her earliest non-profit employment included fundraising and program work for the Iowa Women’s Foundation. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Grinnell College and a master’s degree from St. Ambrose University. She was drawn to serve The Collective for Hope through personal connection to the mission and serves on the membership & education committee of the National Alliance for Grieving Children. Rebecca is a proud graduate of the Non-profit Executive Institute, the Omaha Community Foundation’s Capacity Building program, and TE2AM: Building Culture. She brings passions for organizational leadership, philanthropy, innovation, and collaboration.


Finance / Operations

Anica Marcum, Director of Operations (she/her)


The Collective for Hope has had a special place in Anica’s heart since 2009, when she was part of Ted E. Bear Hollow’s first Young Adults Group (YAG). From the moment she first started receiving services, she looked for opportunities to volunteer and join the staff. Often referred to as the agency’s glue, Anica’s rich background in customer service and financial processing has been a gift to the agency. She now coordinates a majority of the organization’s operations, including support services for the partner-tenants joining The Collective for Hope on its new campus. 



Sandy Lemen, Director of Programs (she/her)


Sandy Lemen joined The Collective for Hope after more than a decade in customer service and project management at The Knot and The Bump. She is also the proud artist/owner of a small business that produces bereavement jewelry and gifts. Her volunteerism, prior to joining The Collective for Hope’s team, included work at a variety of hospice agencies. Sandy has a big heart and a great talent for supporting the staff, contractors, and volunteers in her charge. You’ll find her managing the majority of the agency’s program contractors and volunteers, when she’s not curating/developing the agency’s Gifts of Hope.

Program Contractors

Valerie Height, LCSW, LMHP, On-call Mental Health Consultation


Kristin Erickson, PhD, LIMHP, Self-Care Saturdays Coordinator


Breina Romero, Spanish Language Support Services and Immigration Loss Support Group Coordinator


Tanya Shute-Kady, Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support Group Coordinator


Rebecca Nichols, LMHP, Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group Coordinator


Zak Courtney and Zach Schaffer, Band of the Strong


Marketing, Outreach, & Development

TBD, Director of External Affairs 

Please see position description and how to apply, here. 



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